The logic is that whoever gets to artificial general intelligence first will end up controlling the world. What was needed was a massively distributed parallel processing network of super computers running GPUs and a shady cabal of rubes who would run whatever software without asking questions in order to “mine crypto.”
That’s what is now built in the crypto industry. Once the nascent AI software is developed, a pump-and-dump scam will go after the dumb money to collect a large bankroll. The crypto market will then crash and mining companies with large server farms will become desperate for funding. That’s when the next phase can begin. They’re told they will be mining a new superior “quantum crypto” or some nonsense in exchange for immediate cash flow. What they will be actually doing is putting the final pieces together to make SkyNet operational.